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The Water Project: Mudete Primary School -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Mudete Primary School -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Mudete Primary School -  Finished Latrines
The Water Project: Mudete Primary School -  Finished Latrines
The Water Project: Mudete Primary School -  Finished Latrines
The Water Project: Mudete Primary School -  Hand Washing Stations
The Water Project: Mudete Primary School -  Hand Washing Stations
The Water Project: Mudete Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Mudete Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Mudete Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Mudete Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Mudete Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Mudete Primary School -  Latrine Construction
The Water Project: Mudete Primary School -  Latrine Construction
The Water Project: Mudete Primary School -  Latrine Construction
The Water Project: Mudete Primary School -  Latrine Construction
The Water Project: Mudete Primary School -  Latrine Construction
The Water Project: Mudete Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Mudete Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Mudete Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Mudete Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Mudete Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Mudete Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Mudete Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Mudete Primary School -  Water Containers
The Water Project: Mudete Primary School -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Mudete Primary School -  School Cook
The Water Project: Mudete Primary School -  Hand Washing Station
The Water Project: Mudete Primary School -  Waiting At Latrines
The Water Project: Mudete Primary School -  Rush To The Latrines
The Water Project: Mudete Primary School -  Returning To School
The Water Project: Mudete Primary School -  Returning To School
The Water Project: Mudete Primary School -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Mudete Primary School -  Classrooms
The Water Project: Mudete Primary School -  Headteacher
The Water Project: Mudete Primary School -  Students At Assembly

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  Installed - Feb 2018

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 06/11/2018

Project Features


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Community Profile

This project is a part of our shared program with Western Water And Sanitation Forum (WEWASAFO). Our team is pleased to directly share the below report (edited for clarity, as needed).

Welcome to the School

Students and their teachers arrive at school around 6:45am. Morning study hall starts at 7am and goes until assembly at 8am, when students listen to announcements from the headteacher. Normal classes begin at 8:15am and go until 4pm with an hour’s break for lunch.

507 students attend Mudete Primary School, of which 254 are boys and 253 are girls. They are taught by 13 teachers, and the school also employs two support staff. (Editor’s Note: While this many people may have access on any given day, realistically a single water source can only support a population of 350-500 people. To learn more, click here.)

We were introduced to Mudete Primary School through its headteacher, who came directly to our office asking for help.

Water Situation

Mudete Primary School has no water, and must send its students out into the surrounding community when they’re thirsty. The most popular water source is an open spring that slowly flows through a grassy area. Students bring their plastic containers and dip the openings underwater until full. Even though this water is visibly contaminated, it is used for drinking, cooking, and cleaning.

After drinking, students suffer from typhoid, cholera, and other waterborne illnesses. Not only are students missing valuable class time to fetch water, but they’re also missing school because they’re home sick.

Sanitation Situation

The sanitation situation is one of the worst we’ve seen, too. There are only six useable latrines for the boys. There used to be another eight for the girls, but those collapsed just a few months ago. The teachers decided to share two of their latrines with the girls. It’s not uncommon to waste almost half of class waiting for the majority of girls to return from the latrines.

Deputy Headteacher Muguni Phoebe confirmed this, saying “Currently we don’t have any functioning toilet for the girl child. All the eight toilets for the girl child collapsed due to heavy rains in this area. We fear for our hygiene, as toilets are a basic sanitation facility in an institution. Currently we have donated two doors for the teachers to our girls. Teachers now share with the polytechnic staff, which does inconvenience us.”

Even with these difficulties, school administration has done its best to offer hygiene and sanitation opportunities to its pupils. There is a plastic hand-washing station with soap, and a dish rack for drying lunch utensils. There’s also a good garbage pit.

Plans: Hygiene and Sanitation Training and Hand-Washing Stations

Training will be held for two days. The facilitator will use PHAST (participatory hygiene and sanitation transformation), ABCD (asset-based community development), CTC (child to child), lectures, group discussions, and handouts to teach health topics and ways to promote good practices within the school. The CTC method will prepare students to lead other students into healthy habits, as well as kickstart a CTC club for the school. This CTC club will oversee the new facilities, such as hand-washing stations, and make sure they are kept clean and in working condition. The two hand-washing stations will be delivered to the school, and the club will fill them with water on a daily basis and make sure there is always a cleaning agent such as soap or ash.

Plans: VIP Latrines

Two triple-door latrines will be constructed with local materials that the school will help gather. It will be up to the school to divide these six latrine doors between the students to make both boys and girls comfortable. And with a new source of water on school grounds, students and staff should have enough to keep these new latrines clean.

Plans: Rainwater Catchment Tank

A 50,000-liter rainwater catchment tank will help alleviate the water crisis at this school. The school will also help gather the needed materials such as sand, rocks, and water from the spring for mixing cement. Once finished, this tank can begin catching rainfall that will be used by the school’s students and staff. Students will no longer be distracted by their water needs.

We and the school strongly believe that with this assistance, standards will significantly improve. These higher standards will translate to better academic performance!

Project Updates


02/26/2018: Mudete Primary School Project Complete

Mudete Primary School in Kenya now has a new source of safe, clean water thanks to your generous donation. A new rainwater catchment system has been built, and there are now six new latrines being used. Two hand-washing stations have been installed, and students have received training in sanitation and hygiene. Just imagine the difference these resources will make in the lives of these students!

You made it happen, now help keep the water flowing! Join our team of monthly donors and help us maintain this rainwater catchment tank and many other projects.

Project Result: New Knowledge

Thanks to the school’s headteacher, we were able to successfully arrange hygiene and sanitation training for students and teachers.

Students and teachers received notebooks and pens to record all the new things they learned.

We taught that hygiene entails personal hygiene, water hygiene, and environmental hygiene. Attention needs to be given to each facet of hygiene to enjoy a healthy life.

An entire lesson was on management and maintenance of the new tank and latrine facilities. Regular checking and cleaning of the gutter system is a must! It’s also important to treat the water while it is still in the tank. We also covered topics including but not limited to:

– Water pollution and water treatment

– Cleaning self and clean environment

– Group dynamics, leadership, and governance

– Forming an effective CTC (child to child) club

– Hand-washing

Demonstrations were used for hand-washing, tooth-brushing, solar disinfection, and many other topics. We facilitated group discussions and presentations, and students took part in role-plays. The students also received handouts which will help them teach hygiene and sanitation to their peers.

The new hand-washing stations were delivered in time for training demonstrations and practice.

The CTC club will include both students and teachers who want to take responsibility for spreading the message of good health and hygiene among their peers. They will also be responsible for managing hand-washing stations, cleaning latrines, and keeping the school environment tidy. A water user committee has also been formed by parents and school administration, which will be responsible for overseeing and maintaining the new facilities. And since the tank was finished by the time we held training, we could take everyone to see exactly what we were talking about when it comes to caring for their new water source.

Headteacher Muhizi said, “Thank you for imparting greater knowledge to us. We have learned useful information which indeed is important to us as a school. We will disseminate this information to the rest of our members who didn’t have the opportunity to attend.”

Project Result: VIP Latrines

This project funded the installation of six new VIP (ventilated improved pit) latrines. All of these latrines are easy to use and clean. And with a rainwater catchment tank, there should be enough water to keep them clean all the time!

Project Result: Hand-Washing Stations

The two hand-washing stations were delivered to school and handed over to the CTC club. These have been placed outside of the boys’ and girls’ latrines to encourage hand-washing after latrine use. CTC club members will teach other students how to properly wash their hands at these stations, and will make sure there is always soap or ash available. Now the school has the stations they need, and they have the water to fill them.

Project Result: Rainwater Catchment Tank

Construction for this 50,000-liter rainwater catchment tank was successful!

Parents, staff, and students helped our artisans gather everything needed for construction. All the while, women cooked meals for the artisans, and the school provided accommodations for the artisans during their work. Some local men and women even helped our artisans with their manual labor.

Building a ladder for this construction project

The construction process officially began with our staff and school administration moving around the school compound to try and determine the best location for a new rainwater catchment tank. This needed to be the best site with good, clean roofing to catch the rainwater.

Rainwater tank construction began with clearance of the site: excavating the soil within the required measurements to make level ground for the tank foundation. The foundation was cast by laying hardcore on a level ground and then reinforcing it using steel, concrete and waterproof cement.

As the foundation was being lain, both the drawing pipe as well as the washout pipe were affixed. The wall was built with ferro-cement techniques through six layers. The inner wall was plastered while rough casting was done on the outer part. The catchment area was dug, plastered, and a staircase installed.

After the superstructure had been given enough time to settle, the dome construction followed. The manhole cover was fitted, inlet pipes were connected to the roof gutters, inlet screens, ventilation pipes (breathers) and overflow pipes were all done to standards.

Having enough water to mix the tank’s concrete was actually the biggest challenge. The headteacher volunteered his small car to drive back and forth from a river to get enough water.

The tank was given three to four weeks to undergo complete curing before it was cleaned and handed over to Mudete Primary School. Mr. Muhizi said, “We had tried on many occasions to reach out to the county government for assistance, but it had never been positive. We thank our donors for taking the initiative of coming to our rescue. Our school had also received a closure notice, but thank God we are now safe.” Mrs. Ebby Atsiaya is a mother who celebrated clean water with these students. “This school had a major issue to do with water and sanitation facilities. Our pupils had been wasting much time fetching water from far distances and this had a huge impact on their studies. With the implementation of this project, our pupils will have a conducive environment for their studies and I believe their performance will improve,” Mrs. Atsiaya said.


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01/22/2018: Mudete Primary School Project Underway

Mudete Primary School in Kenya has begun building a new source of safe, clean water because of your generous donation. A rainwater catchment tank and new latrines are being constructed, hand-washing stations provided, and the school is being trained on proper sanitation and hygiene practices. Imagine the impact this will have on these students! Thank you for noticing the need here, and we’ll keep you posted as the work continues. But for now, please enjoy the new stories, pictures, and maps of this school.

Thank You for partnering with us to unlock the potential of these young students!


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Project Type

Rainwater Catchment

Rainwater is collected off strategic areas of a roof, enters a custom guttering system (which filters out debris) and leads to a storage tank. Tanks can vary in sizes and are determined by population and average rainfall patterns. Water can be stored for months, is easily treated in the tank, and is accessible through taps. These projects are implemented at schools with proper roof lines and gutter systems to make them successful.



Contributors

The Beech Hill School
Mason-DeRose-Alleyne households
Gift in Honor of Jamie
Johnson Family
Audrey & McKayla
Maxey family
The Fauxes
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church-- Mobile (Grades 7-9)
Lebanon UMC Staff - Hanover, VA
Bailey Family
Folsom Memorial United Methodist Church
From Barry Butterklee In honor of Sarah Butterklees Bat Mitzvah
In honor of Tami Bonnell
Google Inc.
Monmouth University-Alpha Xi Delta
Robert Harrison
The Pearson Family
195 individual donor(s)